Jul 19 2009


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Head Coach: Jack Marolich

Jack graduated from WWU in 2008, after rowing four years with the Vikings.  During that time he was a member of boats that earned gold at NCRCs, WIRAs, and made trips to both the IRA and Dad Vail Championship regattas. Prior to returning to WWU to coach the men in 2010, he spent time coaching on the east coast and also at Sammamish and Everett Rowing Associations. In 2012, Jack was named the NCRC Coach of the Year and has been striving to build the Vikings team into a championship crew. He is in his 5th year coaching at Western.



Novice Coach: Thomas Downey

Thomas returns to the team for his 2nd year as Novice Coach. Prior to coaching, he rowed three years for the Vikings and is excited to stay involved with the team. He graduated in 2013 with his degree in Geology from WWU.






Asst. Coach: Sean O’Meara

Sean joined the Viking coaching staff the Fall of ’13 and has also been coaching at the Whatcom Rowing Association since 2011. He learned to row at Marietta College, in Ohio, where he was a freshman coxswain. He got his first start in coaching that same year, helping push a young Marietta High School crew to a successful inaugural season. Since his crew days at Marietta, he has been a SCUBA instructor, Aquatics Director at Camp Black Mountain, and 20+ year career Ranger for the National Park Service. He has been an active single sculler since 1989 and recently completed his USRowing Level II Coaching Certification.



will crew photoStrength Coach: Will Ruth

Will joins the Men’s Crew staff in 2013-14 as the team’s Strength Coach, providing the yearly strength programming and lifting instruction. Will rowed in high school at Olympia Area Rowing club and currently competes in the sport of Strongman at the regional level. Will is USA-Weightlifting Level 1 certified and will graduate Western in Spring ’14 with a BS in Kinesiology, focusing in Sport Psychology. After graduation, Will will be joining Coach An’dre Triplett at his Sport Performance facility, AMT Athletics, as a Sport Performance Coach.


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